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baronetcy and viscountcy. His latter days were principally occupied with the literary pursuits in which he so much delighted. Of a charitable disposition, he devoted a good deal of time and money to relieving those in distress, especially the families of decayed cavaliers, and always forgave the fees of his office to widows, clergymen, and clergymen's children. Sir James Ware's works were all written in Latin. His first was: Archiepiscoporum Casseliensium et Tuamensium Vitæ, quibus adjicitur Historia Cænobiorum Cisterciensium Hiberniæ (Dublin, 1626). The following are those by which he is principally known: De Scriptoribus Hiberniæ (Dublin, 1639); De Hibernia et Antiquitatibus ejus Disquisitiones (London, 1654); ib. Ed. Secunda Emendatior et Quarta Parte Auctior, ac Rerum Hibernicarum Regnante Henrico VII. Annales (London, 1658); Rerum Hibernicarum Annales, ab 1485 ad 1558 (Dublin, 1664); De Præsulibus Hiberniæ Commentarius (Dublin, 1665). The second was printed in London, the art of printing being in a low condition in Ireland at that time, on account of the recent war. In 1656 he published his Opuscula Sancti Patricii; in 1644, Venerabilis Bedæ Epistolæ. He caused to be printed in 1633, for the first time, Spenser's View of the State of Ireland, and also editions of Hanmer's Chronicle and Campian's History of Ireland. O'Flaherty says that Sir James Ware "could make a shift to read and understand" Irish, but "was utterly ignorant in speaking of it." He was accustomed to employ an Irish amanuensis to interpret and transcribe documents, and at the time of his death had in that capacity the learned Duald MacFirbis, who in Sir James's house translated the Registry of Clonmacnoise, and other works. Sir James Ware died at his residence in Castlestreet, 1st December 1666, aged 72, and was buried in the vaults of St. Werburgh's, "without either stone or monumental inscription; but he had taken care in his lifetime to erect a monument for himself by his labours, more lasting than any mouldering materials. … He had a great love for his native country, and could not bear to see it aspersed by some authors, which put him upon doing it all the justice he could in his writings, by setting matters in the fairest light, yet still with the strictest regard to truth ." 339 [His eldest son, James, succeeded him in the office of Auditor-General, and died in 1689. His second son, Robert, was the author of numerous treatises, principally aimed against Catholics and their tenets. He made himself so unpopular with the large body of his countrymen that he saw fit to retire to England during the War of 1689-'91. He died in March in 1696. His granddaughter was the wife of Walter Harris.] Lord Clarendon took Sir James Ware's papers to England in James II.'s reign, and sold them to the Duke of Chandos, who was vainly solicited by Swift to restore them to Ireland. Some of them are now in the British Museum, a portion of the "Clarendon manuscripts;" and a still more valuable portion is in the Rawlinson collection of the Bodleian Library, Oxford. The first collected edition of Sir James Ware's works was published in Dublin in 1705: The Antiquities and History of Ireland, by Sir James Ware, now first published in one volume, 171 English, and the Life of Sir James Ware prefixed. It was translated chiefly by Sir William Domvile and Robert Ware, and contains the Antiquities, Annals, Writers, and Bishops, also Sir John Davis's Discovery, and several lists and historical documents relating to Ireland, added by the editors. Each division of the book has a separate title-page and is separately paged. [For Harris's expansion of Ware's Antiquities, Writers, and Bishops, see Harris, Walter, p. 244.] 339 339*

Warner, Ferdinando, Rev., LL.D.,an English author, was born in 1703. He is styled by Chalmers "a judicious and useful writer, as well as a popular preacher." He was rector of Ronde, in Wiltshire; St. Michael, Queenhithe, in London; and Barnes, in Surrey. His History of Ireland (Warner), vol. i., (London, 1763), and History of the Rebellion and Civil Wars in Ireland (1767) are often referred to. The former, a quarto of 532 pp., brings down the history of the country to 1171; the latter (614 pp.) deals exclusively with the years between 1641 and 1660. Both works have tolerably good indexes. He died 3rd October 1768, aged 65. 37 176* 176†

Warren, Sir Peter, Admiral, a distinguished British naval officer, was born in Ireland in 1703. He received his first command when but twenty-four. In 1745, with a small armament, he took Louisburg, the capital of Cape Breton, and was created Rear-Admiral of the Blue, and subsequently Rear-Admiral of the White. At the beginning of 1747, under Anson, he fell in with and completely disabled a French squadron intended for the recovery of Louisburg, for which exploit he was advanced to be Vice-Admiral of the Red. In 1747 he was returned to Parliament for Westminster. He died 29th July 1752, and was interred in Westminster Abbey, where a monument by Roubiliac was erected to his memory. 42 349

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